Chart-topping R&B artist Sisqo and actress Carmen Electra will host the 2001 World Music Awards in Monte Carlo. The 13th annual ceremony will take place May 2 at the French Riviera hotspot Le Sporting d' Ete (the Sporting Club).
"He's able to keep one foot on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and the other foot on the CMA [Country Music Association] stage," says RCA Label Group chairman Joe Galante of Brad Paisley's appeal. "He understands what got us here, but he also has a way to present it in today's sounds that is very contemporary."
Rap star Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young) has settled a fraud and breach of contract suit with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, his attorney Howard King told the Hollywood Reporter. Sources said the case settled for an estimated $15 million.
Emmylou Harris, who last night (April 24) wrapped up a tour down under in Perth, has laid out a slate of North American dates for the summer that include a handful of festival appearances. The tour, which comes in support of last year's Nonesuch album "Red Dirt Girl," kicks off June 16 in Seattle and will close Aug. 25 in Kettering, Ohio.
In a follow-up to last year's study on the marketing of violent entertainment product to children, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday (April 24) released a report lambasting the record industry.
After a three-year hiatus from the recording studio, Gang Starr -- the jazz-influenced hip-hop duo of Guru and DJ Premier -- has just begun work on the follow-up to 1998's "Moment of Truth" (Virgin), which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In the downtime, Guru helmed a third installment of his "Jazzmatazz" series, recruiting heavyweights such as Macy Gray, Isaac Hayes, and Herbie Hancock.
Mark Chesnutt, Trick Pony, Tanya Tucker, Chris Cagle, and the Kentucky Headhunters are among the country acts who will perform at the 19th annual Budweiser Downtown Hoedown, set for May 18-20 at Detroit's Hart Plaza. Mark McGuinn, the Clark Family Experience, Sara Evans, Darryl Worley, Sawyer Brown, Kortney Kayle, and a number of local acts will also be on the bill for the free concert.
Keith Jarrett, Nina Simone, Wayne Shorter, Diana Krall, and Chick Corea are among the artists who will participate in the 29th annual JVC Jazz Festival - New York. The June 17-30 festival will feature more than 60 events at 27 venues throughout the city, ranging from the intimate Joe's Pub to renowned jazz club Birdland to Carnegie Hall.
As tipped here last week, John Mellencamp will begin a tour July 31 at San Diego State University that is expected to run through next spring. The tour comes in advance of the artist's next Columbia album, "Cuttin' Heads," due in September. The Wallflowers will support on some dates.